Welcome to Chiaroscuro Magazine! A Place where Creativity Flourishes

In June 2007, the premiere edition of Chiaroscuro Magazine!–a place where creativity flourishes, waschiaroscuro-magazine-masthead_21 published on the web.  The magazine has since relocated to WordPress and is thriving here.  Our mission is to foster understanding and appreciation of creativity and Christianity.

For centuries, the interrelatedness between art and religion in the Jewish and Christian traditions has remained strong. If you are a visual artist and wonder where that creative spark in you originated, you will find answers here. If you have been led to believe that art is only Christian art if it has a scripture emblazoned on it, we will dispel that myth for you.

Although God is the Creator of the Universe, He is not often portrayed as a creative being. We tend to think of human individuals as being creative, not God. God, however, is the original creative individual, the original artist, THE CREATIVE ARTIST… one who embraces realism as well as abstraction and non-representationalism.

We welcome fine artists, whether painters, sculptors, clay artists, filmmakers, interior designers, landscape designers, fabric and fashion designers, anime artists, graphic designers, illustrators, writers and poets, musicians, singers, actors, dancers… literally all artists.

We invite you to visit Chiaroscuro Magazine often, and experience the joy of creativity and Christianity for yourself.

Carol Taylor


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Mary Magdalene and the Other Mary at the Tomb

Mary Magdalene and the Other Mary at the Tomb


In the end of the sabbath, as it began to dawn toward the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see the sepulchre.  And, behold, there was a great earthquake:  For the angel of the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from the door, and sat upon it.  His countenance was like lightning, and his raiment white as snow:  And for fear of him the keepers did shake, and became as dead men.  And the angel answered and said unto the women, Fear not ye:  For I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.  He is not here:  For he is risen, as he said.  Come, see the place where the Lord lay.  And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead, and, behold, he goeth before you onto Galilee; there shall ye see him:  Lo, I have told you.  And they departed qulckly from the sepulchre with fear and great joy; and did run to bring his disciples word.  And as they went to tell his disciples, behold, Jesus met them, saying, All hail.  And they came and held him by the feet, and worshipped him.  Then said Jesus unto them, Be not afraid:  Go tell my brethren that they go into Galilee, and there shall they see me.  Matthew 28:1-10 KJV

On Easter Sunday, we celebrate Jesus Christ rising from the dead and redeeming us from our sins. Accept this gift from Him… He’s waiting to receive you.


 Mary Magdalene and the Other Mary at the Tomb, Carol Taylor, Charcoal Pencil

Digital Print of the Original Charcoal Pencil Drawing, “Mary Magdalene and the Other Mary at the Tomb” is available at my Etsy Shoppe:



Merry Christmas, Everyone!



Mary Magdalene Drawing Added to Treasury


My charcoal drawing, “Mary Magdalene and the Other Mary at the Tomb,” has been added to the Etsy Treasury List, “Mary Magdalene,” by Spectrogarden.
See the Treasury List at: http://www.etsy.com/treasury/MTAxNTAzNjB8MjcyMTE0MjU2OQ/mary-magdalene?ref=pr_treasury

Digital Prints available at my Etsy Shop, Carol Taylor Fine Art, for just $18 each or

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Musings of a Confirmed Beachcomber… Reflections 2012

In the midst of the Atlantic coast hurricane season and with Tropical Storm Isaac approaching, I am again reflecting on the week just prior to the 4 hurricanes that passed back and forth across Florida in 2004… Charley, Frances, Ivan and Jeanne.  Musings of a Confirmed Beachcomber was written during that week and I’ve never more enjoyed the varied experiences of being on the coast!  If you love being on the coast, you’ll relate to my observations of the activity of the sea…  the fish, birds, ghost crabs, turtles, various other sea life, tropical storm, seashells, the beach, the surfers…


If You Missed It Last Year… Read “Why We Celebrate EASTER”

Mary Magdalene and the Other Mary at the Tomb

On the third day after He died, Jesus Christ, the Son of God who gave His life to die for our sins, rose from the dead.  When his friends went to His tomb, an angel told them, Fear not ye:  For I know that ye seek Jesus, which was crucified.  He is not here:  for He is risen, as He said (Matthew 28:5-6 KJV).

On Easter Sunday, we celebrate Jesus Christ rising from the dead and redeeming us from our sins.  Accept this gift from Him… He’s waiting to receive you.

Mary Magdalene and the Other Mary at the Tomb

Charcoal Pencil

A digital print of this drawing is available at my Etsy Shop.


The Perfect Fit

The Perfect Fit

The Perfect Fit:  A study in finding your Bible.





Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon thee.  For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people:  but the Lord shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.  And the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.  Lift up thine eyes round about, and see:  all they gather themselves together, they come to thee:  thy sons shall come from far,  and thy daughters shall be nursed at thy side.  Then thou shalt see, and flow together, and thine heart shall fear, and be enlarged; because the abundance of the sea shall be converted unto thee, the forces of the Gentiles shall come unto thee.  The multitude of camels shall cover thee, the dromedaries of Midian and Ephah; all they from Sheba shall come:  they shall bring gold and incense; and they shall shew forth the praises of the Lord.  Isaiah 60:1-6 KJV
Commissioned by Celebration:  A Creative Worship Service, Kansas City, Missouri
January 1988
Pen and Ink
Collection of the Artist


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